To me, God is an ideal. He is everything man is not, he is perfect. I don't believe in a god in the sky.
I believe in an idea of god. For example I find ridiculous descartes's ontological proof of god's existence, that is that since god is perfect, and existing is more perfect than not existing, then he exists.
Im not an atheist because I don't place myself as oppsed to religion, I just have no religion, because I don't need it.
If I had to choose, even though I don't wish to be trapped in a category, I'd say Im a deist, because I'm finding it hard to believe and illogical that nothing is the origin of everything. But I don't believe that anyone is "closer " to god than anybody else because hes the pope or whatever.